- PRIDE 31 NIGHT OF UPSETS

February 26, 2006
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Pride 31 from Tokyo, Japan turned out to be the night of upsets. Anything can happen in a fight and that was on display this weekend as “Unbreakable” turned out to be “Upset-able” for many familiar faces.

42 year-old Mark Coleman pulled off an improbably upset as he defeated Pride Grand Prix Champion Mauricio Shogun Rua, when Rua couldn’t continue due to dislocating his elbow. Coleman and Shogun were in a scramble when Rua landed very awkward on his elbow. A very gruesome injury ended the night for the young Brazilian. Nonetheless it’s Coleman winning by TKO over Mauricio Rua at :49 of Round 1.

Alistair Overeem stepped up in weight and shocked many as he took out Sergei Kharitonov handling the Russian with relative ease, as Overeem was able to take down the bigger Russian who outweighed the former Light Heavyweight by 18 pounds. Overeem was able to ground n pound his way to the impressive victory at 5:31 of Round 1.

The upsets kept on coming as Pedro Rizzo was knocked out by Roman Zentsov just :25 seconds into the fight. Zentsov, who has a record of just 11-10, surprised everyone in the building with how quick he was able to defeat Rizzo. Another slight upset saw Tsuyoshi Kohsaka knockout Mario Sperry at just 1:20 into the fight as TK got the impressive first round win.

Josh Barnett would not be upset as he was able to secure a win over a very game Nakamura. Barnett battled his Japanese opponent on the ground and after some great groundwork it was Barnett getting the rear naked choke at 8:10 of Round 1.

The big favorites were big winners this weekend. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira looked very good as he arm bared Kiyoshi Tamura at 2:24 of Round 1. Mark Hunt needed three rounds to take out Yousuke Nishijima. Hunt was able to knockout the tough Japanese fighter.

Another fight that went longer than most expected saw Quinton Rampage Jackson taken to a decision by Yoon Dok Sik in three rounds. Sik actually did well early on as he surprised Jackson with an armbar attempt in the first round, but from that point on it was all Jackson has he repeatedly took down his smaller opponent. Fabricio Werdum won a unanimous decision over Jon Olav Einemo.

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